Coast Guardsman accused of sexual misconduct

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – An officer in the Coast Guard is accused of having affairs with more than one enlisted member and will face a court martial Tuesday.

According to the Coast Guard, Chief Petty Officer Joe H. Carter, 39, was charged with Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice “for the wrongful sexual contact with one enlisted female Coast Guard member.”

Officials say Carter is a married man who touched the buttocks of a female Coast Guard member without her consent. They also say Carter had affairs to two other female members that were consensual.

The investigation began after a crewmember reported Carter was having an inappropriate relationship with a female junior officer. That investigation was completed in June 2013.

Carter was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, which is homeported in Seattle, at the time of the incidents.


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